Audra’s Fitness Blog: I’m OBSESSED with my Fitbit

Entry #7

fitbit obsessedBeth texted me one day last week to congratulate me for “walking .3 miles with my dog”.  OMG…I had no idea that  some of  My Fitness Pal entries alerted her to my activity!   So I started paying attention to my messages and the logs and learned that she was logging her food and exercise every day.  Since then I’ve realized that losing weight is actually one giant math problem.  When outgoing calories > incoming calories you lose weight!   I’ve never really loved math but I do really dig spreadsheets and bar charts.  I moved all of my fitness logging over to Fitbit from My Fitness Pal so I could track everything in one place and I’m now obsessed.

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Summer Reading Lists For 2016

See below for many area  school’s reading assignments for the summer. Please add a comment to this post if you have a link to provide with other Summer reading lists. It’s often helpful to know about many school reading lists to compare, contrast and enhance your child’s education. I personally wish I had time to read all the books on all of the lists!   I find it so interesting to see what our friends at all area schools are reading.  Please comment on this post or email me with any new ones to add! Read More »

Chesnut is Now An AdvancED STEM Certified School!

It is with great pride that we share with you that on Monday, Ms. Williams was notified that Chesnut has been approved as an AdvancED STEM Certified School!

Thank you to our entire faculty and staff (with special recognition to our STEM Leaders: Julie Austin, Stacia Brown, Tiffany Denson, April Givens, Leah Little, Kaffy Radford, Jasmine Sadler and Xaviera Tate), our industry and community partners, our students, and you, our families, for your dedication to this process that has taken more than two-and-a-half years.

As detailed in Ms. Williams letter last month titled “An Update on Chesnut’s Road to STEM Certification,” AdvancED STEM certification is internationally regarded as a level of Read More »

Host Family Needed to Host French Student

Volunteer host family need to host Marie, a 15-year-old student visiting from Lyon, France June 20 – July 10. The purposes of her visit are to experience American culture with a family and to improve her English. She speaks French, Italian and English, has a twin brother (and an older brother), and likes to play tennis and to draw. She is allergic to cats and has mild allergies to pollen. This is a wonderful opportunity! Host families get a modest stipend. For more details, please contact Jesse.

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Remembering Ty Flynn

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Alexander Tinsley “Ty” Flynn, DHS graduate from the Class of 2015, who died in a tragic accident in Atlanta on May 13.

Ty had just completed his freshman year at Georgia College and State University where he was pursuing a business/pre-law degree.  He was a talented musician, photographer, outdoorsman and served as Captain of the debate team in high school.  He spent 10 summers at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC, where he earned the top ranking of Paladin.  He was truly a blessing to each life he touched.

Memorial gifts can be made to Camp Rockmont in the name of Ty Flynn Memorial Scholarship, 375 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711.

There will be a celebration of Ty’s life at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody on Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m. …  first green space on the right, just inside the park.  All are welcome.

See original post about Ty’s Death here: Dunwoody Loses Another Teen to Tragic Accident

Dunwoody citizens are encouraged to tie a blue ribbon to your mailbox to honor and remember Ty.

Next Year’s PCMS Parents Need to Sign UP for the New Information System

We want to encourage folks with students enrolled at PCMS for the 2016-17 year to create an account one the PCMS website with Membership Toolkit.  There is a red button that says “Create An Account” on our home page that folks need to click to start the easy process. or

Membership Toolkit is a platform that we have purchased to improve inefficiencies in our organization.  (Vanderlyn has used this system for 2 years and it’s really improved almost every area that is volunteer run.). Most notably will be improvements at registration.  That should be the first thing folks notice!  We will eliminate Constant Contact, so parents must have an account to stay informed.

Registration is Fast and Free.  Every student must have a parent or guardian create an account.  If they don’t do it from the comfort of their home, they’ll have to create one in the computer lab on registration day, and there will surely be a line there!

Nancy says NO to eSPLOST – here’s why

Source:  Nancy Jester’s Blog

On May 24th voters across DeKalb will see an e-SPLOST referendum on their ballot. If approved, it will be the fifth, 5-year e-SPLOST program for DeKalb County School District. What have we gotten for the almost $2 billion, over 20 years, of the e-SPLOST program? What can we expect from an e-SPLOST V?

I was on the Board of Education when e-SPLOST IV was designed and won approval. I voted no as a Board member to even take the referendum to the voters because the design was based on inaccurate assumptions and did not address the growing capacity needs of the district. I warned in 2011 that we were sentencing over a generation of children to attend schools in trailers for their entire school career.   Continue reading…

Vanderlyn Elementary Earns AdvancED STEM Certification!

May 23, 2016

Every child, every class, every day!

Dear Vikings,
It is my distinct honor and pleasure to announce that Vanderlyn Elementary has earned AdvancED STEM certification! To secure such a prestigious, international distinction, STEM has to be embraced as an integrated, inquiry-based approach that incorporates at a minimum, the four disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through an extremely rigorous process, schools must demonstrate authentic, effective, and sustainable practices that meet the needs of all learners. Vanderlyn, through long-term and strategic collaborative planning, submitted itself to the stringent STEM process. We cultivated our practices, honed our teaching methods, broadened our curriculum, and improved student learning outcomes, thus, capturing the prominence of AdvancED STEM certification!

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Brookhaven Bucks Open 2016 Season on June 4th

Pierce Ressmeyer Brookhaven BucksSUNBELT BASEBALL LEAGUE RETURNS SEVERAL STANDOUT PLAYERS AND HEAD COACH COREY PATTERSON The Brookhaven Bucks return to the diamond for a new season in the Sunbelt League. The Bucks will take on the Marietta Patriots on Opening Day, Saturday, June 4th, on their home field at Oglethorpe University. First pitch will be at 1:35 p.m. Head Coach Corey Patterson, who played Major League Baseball for 12 seasons, returns for his second season with the Bucks. Patterson is looking to improve upon last season’s Sunbelt East Division 3rd place finish. Read More »

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